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Several factors at play

Updated: May 25, 2002, 4:32 PM ET
By Jonathan Baum | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- The sheer strength in quality and numbers of Brazilian drivers at the Indianapolis 500 has been well documented over the past weeks.

But what about Americans? When talking about the popularity of CART and even Formula One in the United States, many observers wonder if these series need more American drivers. The common thinking is that American personalities help maintain or grow interest in the United States, and the complete lack of Americans in F1 is oft referred to as ...

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